On behalf of all the fans, and everyone here at the Archive - wishing you a very happy 93rd Birthday.
Friday 26 May 2023
Firefox Clint Eastwood Visual Effects Oscar Winner Movie Crew Jacket
On the Archive, we occasionally like to feature a piece of crew clothing, perhaps a baseball cap or sometimes a crew jacket. They are hard to find and not many of them tend to surface, but just recently I found this one on the internet – and thought it was simply too good to ignore.
From the 1982 Clint Eastwood action film Firefox, this is an Original and incredibly rare Movie Crew Jacket. If the jacket itself wasn't rare enough, this particular jacket was owned and obtained from JOHN DYKSTRA who has won Oscars for visual effects on Star Wars (1977). John Dykstra was one of the original founders of INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC for George Lucas. The jacket is marked on back with the Firefox movie logo and on the front is marked Apogee - Special Effects Crew on left and JOHN on the right. The jacket is extra-large in size, black satin and comes in excellent condition. John Charles Dykstra, A.S.C. (born June 3, 1947) is an American special effects artist, pioneer in the development of the use of computers in filmmaking and recipient of three Academy Awards, among many other awards and prizes. He was one of the original founders of Industrial Light & Magic, the special effects and computer graphics division of Lucasfilm. He is well known as the special effects lead on the original Star Wars, helping bring the original visuals for the space battles between X-wings and TIE fighters to the screen.
Thursday 25 May 2023
Friday 19 May 2023
Paint Your Wagon mystery photograph
Here’s a really strange picture I discovered recently, taken from Paint Your Wagon (1969), the scene depicts Marvin in what appears to be his Union Blues uniform addressing a small group of troops. Marvin of course does wear this uniform briefly in the movie, notably during the coach sequence where he kidnaps half-a dozen (’6 French tarts’) in order to bring them back to No Name City. The scene is tied in to the song There’s a coach coming in. It’s also evident during this sequence that Marvin (alongside the charging coach) is flanked by a small number of confederate soldiers on horseback escorting the coach into town.
So, this led me to consider if this was un fact originally a scene shot prior to the kidnapping of the girls, perhaps discussing the plan of action and Ben (Marvin) providing orders to ‘his troops’? It’s certainly a curious shot which does not appear in the finished movie as we know it. We can’t of course actually say that it was shot at all, this may have just been a rehearsal, or in fact an opportunity to simply grab a photo intended for future publicity?
Paint Your Wagon will always be a hard one to fully examine, its history really does deserve some form of deep analysis and a publication detailing the production would prove to be a fascinating read. Clint actually claimed to have seen three different versions of the movie: the director's cut, the producers' cut, and the studio's cut. He said that the version prepared by director Joshua Logan, whom he greatly admired, was easily the best, "but that wasn't the one that was released".
It remains a curious photo, and one that is perhaps destined to always remain a mystery.
Rare vintage Malpaso Ad from Boxoffice trade magazine
Here’s a very rare trade ad put out by Malpaso, probably around 1974. Boxoffice started in 1920 as The Reel Journal, taking the name Boxoffice in 1931 and still publishes today, with an intended audience of theatre owners and film professionals. In 2019, its name was changed to Boxoffice Pro.
It’s not hard to see why Malpaso felt like giving itself a ‘pat on the back’ boost during this lucrative period. Malpaso was proud to announce no less than 5 titles that were already on release, and which were distributed by three different Studios including United Artists, Warner Bros and Universal Pictures. At the foot of the Advertisement there was also the opportunity to announce Clint’s latest film in production for Universal Pictures called The Eiger Sanction.
A great slice of Hollywood history from what is arguably Clint’s greatest period.
Monday 1 May 2023
Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #37
For this month’s Photo Opportunity, I’ve chosen a very rare shot of Susan Clark, Clint and director Don Siegel. Don is pictured here giving direction to his two leads during the filming of Coogan’s Bluff (1968). It’s the scene where Julie Roth (Clark) turns up at Coogan’s hotel to confront him after she learns that he has seduced Linny Raven (Tisha Sterling) in order to extract information.
This was of course the first time that Clint had worked with Siegel, they made a total of five movies together following up Coogan’s Bluff with Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), The Beguiled (1971), Dirty Harry (1971) and Escape from Alcatraz (1979). Siegel was a considerable influence on Clint’s own career as a director, his film Unforgiven (1992) is dedicated "for Don and Sergio".
From 1948 to 1953, Siegel was married to actress Viveca Lindfors, with whom he had a son, Kristoffer Tabori. He married Doe Avedon in 1957. They adopted four children, and divorced in 1975. He married Carol Rydall, a former secretary to Clint. They remained together until he died at the age of 78 from cancer in Nipomo, California. He is buried near Highway 1 in the coastal Cayucos-Morro Bay District Cemetery.